How to Choose the Best Artificial Grass for Swimming Pool Surrounds
Using artificial grass for swimming pool surrounds has become increasingly popular in the UK.
Why? Well, there are several characteristics of artificial grass that make it perfect for this type of application.
The perforated drainage holes in the backing of fake grass make it completely permeable. In fact, synthetic turf will allow up to 52 litres of water per minute to permeate through the surface. Very handy for a swimming pool surround!
Secondly, it’s a non-slip surface. Clearly, this is a huge advantage, as it’s very important that you can walk around your swimming pool with wet feet without slipping and falling.
It’s also far more natural-looking than other types of swimming pool surround surfacing, such as paving, which can sometimes look – and feel – a little harsh. Adding lush green grass to the surround of your swimming pool will be far more subtle and help it to blend into the surroundings of your garden.
But how do you go about choosing the best artificial turf for a swimming pool surround? What characteristics should you be looking for?
It goes without saying that when choosing a turf for your swimming pool surround you should be looking at much more than just the aesthetics of a product.
Of course, it’s extremely important that your chosen turf will look good, and complement your swimming pool and its surroundings, but it is equally important to choose a product that is up to the job.
By choosing one of the best-performing products you’ll be making a fantastic investment in your property, as your fake turf will continue to look and perform brilliantly for many years.
What is the Best Pile Height for Swimming Pool Surrounds?
Generally shorter pile heights, between 20–30mm, work best for this application.
That’s because artificial grass with a shorter pile tends to be a little firmer underfoot and so will provide better support for people walking on it barefoot.
Shorter pile heights are often better wearing, too.
However, if you choose an artificial turf with Instant Recovery® technology (see below) then opting for a turf with a 35mm pile would be a perfectly adequate choice, too.
What is the Best Pile Density for Swimming Pool Surrounds?
When it comes to swimming pool surrounds, the denser the pile, the better.
This is for two main reasons: comfort and aesthetics.
Firstly, as we have discussed, a key characteristic of a swimming pool surround surface is that it needs to be comfortable to walk on barefoot.
By choosing a dense pile, you’ll have a turf that supports and cushions the weight of your foot, providing a comfortable surface to walk on.
Secondly, you want it to look good. Because you’ll be viewing your turf from above, it’s important to choose a grass with a dense pile.
In some instances, such as in the case of artificial grass installed mainly for decorative purposes that will receive very little use, it’s OK to choose a sparser pile. That’s because you’ll be mainly viewing the grass side on, from where the pile will look thicker.
However, if an artificial turf will be viewed directly from above, you’ll want to choose a thicker pile to ensure you cannot see the backing material through the fibres.
We recommend choosing a synthetic grass with a minimum of 16,000 stitches per square metre for a swimming pool surround.
What is the Best Fibre Material to Choose for Swimming Pool Surrounds?
The best type of fibre material to choose for your swimming pool surround would be a blend of nylon and polyethylene.
Nylon is the strongest, hardest-wearing fibre used in artificial turf manufacturing. The inclusion of this type of fibre helps to support the grass and ensure the fibres remain in a vertical position, which means that the grass can withstand frequent use.
Polyethylene is a softer material than nylon, and that softness will give a turf a soft and comfortable feel underfoot.
Therefore, choosing a turf with a blend of those two fibres will provide the best of both worlds, providing performance and comfort.
Does Artificial Grass for Swimming Pool Surrounds Need Instant Recovery® Technology?
Instant Recovery® is a unique technology that helps fibres to recover from foot traffic and garden furniture.
It is highly recommended that you choose an artificial grass with Instant Recovery® technology when choosing the best turf for a swimming pool surround.
In order for artificial grass to look as realistic as natural grass, it’s vital that the fibres remain in an upright position. There’s no other way around it, flat fibres just look fake.
Instant Recovery® works by incorporating highly resilient nylon fibres to enable the turf to spring back, creating the ultimate realistic turf.
Sunloungers go hand in hand with swimming pools, so you’ll want to choose an artificial turf that can recover from items of garden furniture being placed on it. That means choosing Instant Recovery® is a no-brainer.
Does Artificial Grass for Swimming Pool Surrounds Need Feelgood® Technology?
Another key technology that you’ll want to consider for your swimming pool surround is Feelgood®.
As we have previously touched upon, one of the keys to choosing artificial turf for swimming pools is that it needs to be comfortable to walk on barefoot.
Well, this is where Feelgood® really comes into its own.
The pictures below were taken with an infrared camera, to show the temperatures of the plastic fibres.
As you can see, the turf with Feelgood® has stayed cooler than the product without it. In fact, Feelgood® will ensure that your artificial grass remains up to 12 degrees cooler than standard fake grass.
This unique technology works by dissipating and reflecting heat away from the turf, leaving your lawn cool to the touch and perfect for walking on barefoot.
For the best artificial grass for your swimming pool surround, be sure to choose Feelgood®.
Does Artificial Grass for Swimming Pool Surrounds Need Natural Look® Technology?
Natural Look® is a technology that was developed to improve the aesthetics of artificial grass.
One of the problems with inferior artificial turf is that, depending on the angle you view it from, it can appear to be slightly different shades of green.
This is because inferior products reflect excessive amounts of glare, which will give the turf an unnatural-looking shine.
Natural Look® was developed to reduce this shine to create a far more natural appearance.
To find out more about Natural Look® and see it in action for yourself, click the play button on the video below.
Choosing Natural Look® makes perfect sense for virtually all applications. Therefore, we highly recommend that you opt for Natural Look® technology when choosing the best artificial grass for your swimming pool surround, as it will improve the appearance of your lawn.
Is There Anything Else to Consider?
There are many other factors that make up a good quality artificial grass.
One of the key areas of any fake grass product is the backing material.
The backing is extremely important as this is what is holding the fibres in place. You can have the best quality material for the fibres, but if the backing isn’t up to the job, your lawn won’t perform as well as it should.
The end result could be excessive loss of yarn, where the fibres break away from the backing, or the backing may split or crack.
When looking at the backing material, we highly recommend that you check the quantities of latex used with your chosen manufacturer. You should be choosing a backing material that has a minimum of 900 grams of heavy duty latex per square metre.
As well as looking at the backing material, it also makes sense to check for certifications of independent tests that confirm the safety of the product.
It is vital to choose a grass that has been independently tested for harmful substances to ensure that there aren’t any hidden nasties lurking in your turf.
Choosing a turf with a resistance to fire is highly recommended, too.
There are many other key characteristics that you should be looking for which are beyond the scope of this particular article, but if you would like to find more, then we would highly recommend reading this guide.
When choosing artificial turf, it’s important to not only look at the aesthetics and realism of a product, but to take a closer look at other important factors that will have an impact on the performance of your swimming pool surround, too.
By choosing the best artificial grass for the application you can rest assured that choosing to have artificial grass installed in your garden will be one of the best investments you have ever made in your property.
Once installed, there is no reason why artificial grass cannot perform for twenty years or more.
Twenty years of lush green grass that requires very little maintenance and looks stunning all year round!
We hope this article has helped you to decide on the best artificial grass for your swimming pool surround; if you would like to view the NeoGrass range of products, with our recommendations for the best products to suit this application, please click here.
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